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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Views from around the world...


It's been awhile since I posted anything about people viewing my blog from around the world. Most of the visits here are by people right here in the good ol' U.S. of A., but in the last week my "li'l corner o' the blogosphere" has also been seen by people in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, The United Arab Emirates and The United Kingdom

So, here's my big chance to evangelize.
(Some may say proselytize. Oh, well)

Read on:

In a province occupied by the Roman Empire, about two thousand years ago, a man was put to death for crimes against the State.

This was a fairly commonplace occurrence in those days, even in cases like that one, where the accused was actually innocent.

What was not common is what happened afterward; eleven of this man's original twelve followers (less one traitor), having fled in fear for their lives when he was captured, began to spread the news that the man had risen from the dead.

Even though they were told that they could be put to death themselves if they persisted, and all but one of them (the sole exception was sent into exile) was in fact executed, every single one of them refused to recant their incredible story:

Jesus is risen!


"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
-C.S. Lewis


Works for me...

16 Comments:

Blogger Marsha said...

We know that Jesus was born a man, he walked the earth, he taught, he loved, he was ridiculed, he was put to death; yet before he died, he asked God to forgive the men who tortured him.

Divine mercy and forgiveness.

Think about THAT.

Happy Easter !

March 23, 2008 6:15 AM  
Blogger mmezalick said...

Shall man alone, for whom all else revives,
No resurrection know? Shall man alone,
Imperial man! be sown in barren ground,
Less privileged than grain, on which he feeds?
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts

If this is not true, what is our worth?
MMezalick

March 23, 2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

An appropriate message for the world!

March 23, 2008 9:29 AM  
Blogger benning said...

A wonderful post, Camo!

Luke 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.


Luke 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:


Luke 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?


Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,


Luke 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.


Luke 24:8 And they remembered his words, ...

Happy Easter, Brother!

March 23, 2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Marsha:
I think about those things, often.

mmezalick:
"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
Psalm 8 (New International Version)

Beerme:
I thought so, too...thanks.

benning:
I'm glad you liked it.

All:
Happy Easter!!!

March 23, 2008 1:53 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Happy Easter! I thank God for Jesus and for His sacrifice every day, and I never forget that He is my salvation.

March 23, 2008 2:41 PM  
Blogger angus the scot said...

Great and True post Camojack.

"A day in the life of the Lord is like a thousand years...Lord."

It has been two thousand years and now we are in the Third Day.

We are now about to do as He commanded..."Raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out demons,etc. We as Christians Will do what he did because the seed of Christ is within....
angus the scot

March 23, 2008 4:10 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Bunny:
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow...but most especially for the greatest gift of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

angus the scot:
Interesting perspective; so, since we're entering the third day, He could return at any time.

But of course we knew that already...

March 23, 2008 4:40 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

Beautiful, as aways. Well said!
He "turned the other cheek" like no being before or sice possibly could!

March 24, 2008 8:52 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Happy blessed Easter,Camo.
Belated in the traditional sence,but for a believer,Easter is everyday.that is what sets us apart.He is Risen.

March 24, 2008 10:37 AM  
Blogger mig said...

Happy Easter Camo and all-

From this small corner of the world I say AMEN.

March 24, 2008 11:28 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

People living during Christ's time in history were not stupid or naive There are many accounts of the miracles Jesus performed. An old friend who studied Theology at the Franciscan university in Stubinville Ohio mailed me a book while attending. It was written in 300 AD by St. Augustine it was brilliant. It was deep complex contemplative theology. I use this as a reference to the level of intelligence that existed during that time to bring people to the realization that Christ was the manifestation of God. People were not easily fooled in the days of Christ and the many accounts of his miracles in not just the scriptures, but other writings as well leave little to dispute. This one thing has allowed me to evangelize to none believers with much success. Thanks Jack for bringing the true meaning of Easter to our hearts.


Alan

March 24, 2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

boberin:
I'm glad you appreciated it.

He was and is the ideal for which we should all strive...along with being our Saviour and Lord.

Maggie:
Yes, indeed!

Easter Monday is still Easter, and we are the "Easter people".

mig:
Amen and Amen!

Alan:
People living during Christ's time were just as intellectually developed as those of today, yes.

I'd be quite interested in reading that book to which you refer; please let me know the author's name and the title when you get a chance...

March 24, 2008 6:20 PM  
Blogger mmezalick said...

The book by St. Augustine is most likly "The Confessions". It's still available and very popular.

March 25, 2008 7:39 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

mmezalick:
Thanks for the info; I'll have to see about getting my hands on a copy.

All:
It was a slow week so far as views from abroad go; in the past week there were only visits from Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and three in The United Kingdom...

March 27, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Alan got back to me via email with the title of the book he was referring to:

"Free Choice of the Will" by St. Augustine

March 30, 2008 7:46 PM  

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